This object is NOT currently under Foundation control.
- Records and Information Security Administration
Item #: SCP-1515-UC
Object Class: Keter
Current Status: Under Unaffiliated Control (since 1959); Possibly Destroyed (since 1989)
Special Collection Protocols: SCP-1515-UC is currently listed as "Under Unaffiliated Control"; all efforts must be made to secure and/or neutralize SCP-1515-UC. [Status updated 1959] SCP-1515-UC may have been destroyed by the Global Occult Coalition; neutralization has not been confirmed. [Status updated 1989]
SCP-1515-1-UC is to be considered a biohazard; under no circumstances is SCP-1515-1-UC to come into contact with human blood during recovery.
SCP-1515-2-UC is believed to be capable of facilitating SCP-1515-3-UC's teleportation; associated handling procedures apply. Note: SCP-1515-2-UC has not been observed to teleport itself or anything besides SCP-1515-3-UC.
All instances of SCP-1515-3-UC are to be treated as extreme explosive hazards. While detonation of SCP-1515-3-UC is believed to be linked to SCP-1515-1-UC's exposure to human blood, it is possible SCP-1515-3-UC can detonate under other circumstances.
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-1515-UC is to be contained in a standard secure storage unit at an Armed Storage Facility. Due to the significant strategic and tactical value of SCP-1515-UC, Level 5 (Major Incursion by Hostile Armed Forces Likely) Security Protocols are to be observed at all times.
Foundation special operations forces are permitted to employ SCP-1515-UC for tactical purposes. [Permission revoked by O5 Council, 1959]
Description: SCP-1515-UC consists of three parts (designated -1, -2, and -3).
SCP-1515-1-UC is a Spanish world atlas printed in 1521. Though printed in 1521 and illustrated a style comparable to contemporary atlases, SCP-1515-1-UC contains accuracy comparable to maps created in the mid-twentieth century with the aid of satellite photography. SCP-1515-1-UC also accurately indicates the location of both SCP-1515-2-UC and all instances of SCP-1515-3-UC on all relevant maps within SCP-1515-1-UC.
SCP-1515-2-UC is an oak chest approximately 60 cm by 38 cm by 45 cm.
SCP-1515-3-UC are 500 Spanish gold 2 escudo (colloquially referred to as "doubloons"), minted in 1521.
When a drop of human blood is applied to the mark on SCP-1515-1-UC which corresponds to a particular SCP-1515-3-UC, that instance of SCP-1515-3-UC detonates, releasing approximately 5 MJ of energy in explosive force.1 That coin then reappears within SCP-1515-2-UC, apparently undamaged. If a drop of human blood is applied to the mark on SCP-1515-1-UC which corresponds to SCP-1515-2-UC, all instances of SCP-1515-3-UC concurrently detonate and then return to SCP-1515-2-UC. All parts of SCP-1515-UC appear unaffected by the explosive energy released by SCP-1515-3-UC detonations.
History of Object Custody:
|1872||Recovered from shipwreck in Straits of Florida by unaffiliated salvage team.|
|1873-1895||Owned by private collector in Havana.|
|1895||Acquired by Foundation. SCP-1515-UC enters Foundation custody.|
|1897||O5 Council authorizes tactical use of SCP-1515-UC.|
|1898||Used by Foundation to ignite powder charges on the USS Maine on 15 February 1898, instigating Spanish-American War. (See Document 1898-O5-58943 for additional information.) After American invasion, transferred to newly established Foundation Research Site in Trinidad, Cuba.|
|1924||Members of the Foundation aligned with the newly formed Chaos Insurgency attempt to steal SCP-1515-UC and other objects from the Trinidad Research Site. These efforts fail. (See Document 1924-67628 for additional information.)|
|March 1959||Foundation Research Site in Trinidad nationalized by Fidel Castro’s government. Foundation staff resists Cuban forces; all but one of survivors of site take-over are executed. Dr. Andrei Pushkin escapes. Last time any object at the Trinidad site observed by Foundation personnel until 1988. SCP-1515-UC leaves Foundation custody.|
|1960||Castro begins negotiations with MC&D for objects from Trinidad in 1959-1960. Foundation uses US military and intelligence ties to force military intervention attempt.|
|April 1961||US and Foundation forces unable to retrieve SCP-1515-UC or other objects.|
|1961-1970||Intelligence sources suggest SCP-1515-UC in MC&D custody.|
|1970||SCP-1515-UC believed sold to persons unknown.|
|20 Dec 1988||SCP-1515-UC-3 single instance recovered with various materials and classified documents relating to Foundation in raid on unaffiliated warehouse in London.|
|21 Dec 1988||SCP-1515-UC-3 instance and other documents and materials destroyed in Pan Am Flight 108 explosion. O5-6, Director of Foundation Counterintelligence, three Foundation agents, CIA Deputy Station Chief for Beirut, DIA officer assigned to Beirut, and two Diplomatic Security Service agents all killed. Foundation analysis of forensic evidence suggests SCP-1515-UC caused the explosion.|
|5 Jan 1989||Foundation intelligence suggests location of SCP-1515-UC; GOC destroys facility before confirmation or recovery can occur.|
Lots of people seem to have issues with this one; it may very well end up going back to the sandbox (and certainly will if it hits the deletion threshold) so that I can improve it for later (possibly not reposting it until the various other tales it'll be affiliated with go up).
That said, very little of the feedback here has been helpful for me as the writer when it comes to improving this, and I neither like nor enjoy getting into squabbling matches with others (especially site admins, since I'm sure to lose). So, rather than just delete this right now and try again, I'd like to ask for people's feedback. What I have heard already:
- Keter is the wrong class - Some people disagree with this being classified as Keter. For reasons stated above, I think it is, but I'd like to know why people think it is something else. (Please don't just recite the "put it in a box and forget about it" test, since there is more to the classification system than that.
- Activation method for explosion is cheesy - The mechanic for detonating the coins is currently a drop of human blood to the map. I'm open to changing how the coins get told to explode, provided it is appropriate for something discovered in the late 19th century. What should I do instead that is better?
- There is no -UC suffix. - Not everything fits neatly in the boxes set up for current documentation. Items currently outside Foundation control (as opposed to things which cannot by their very nature be contained but are monitored by the Foundation) do not fit in the current system. For an item controlled by someone other than the Foundation (whether MC&D, Serpent's Hand, Chaos Insurgency, or whomever), that the Foundation does not know where it is and hasn't for forty years, how would you document this? It seems inappropriate to use the standard documentation method. And since there is no canon, so I feel no obligation to shoehorn something just because.
- This object intersects with several historical incidents. - Yes, that's rather the point. In the tales I am working on, the explosion of the Maine, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the destruction of Pan Am 103 are related. I'm writing a historical fiction piece about a conspiracy tied to several of the largest and most powerful entities in the world, where parts of the story reach back a hundred or more years. It's in the very nature of such conspiracy stories to have unrelated events connect.
So, in the interest of improving my work, what concerns do people have and how can I address them by fixing the work? Simply calling this "terrible", "poorly written", "boring", or any other such adjectives doesn't tell me where the problem is so I can fix it.
Edit: I'm sorry if that comes across as combative or defensive - I just tend to get frustrated when criticism isn't constructive in a way that I can address the underlying concerns.